WW6052 - Clinical Coding Coordinator - (Full-Time) - Sydney LHD - Canterbury / Concord, NSW


This position is suitable for individuals who have significant experience in clinical coding using ICD-10-AM.

To be eligible for permanent appointment to a position in NSW Health, you must have an Australian citizenship or permanent Australian residency.

An Opportunity exists for experienced clinical coders to co-ordinate and manage the Coding Teams at Concord Repatriation General Hospital and Canterbury Hospital. The successful applicants will have excellent clinical coding skills and be able to impart their understanding of the importance of clinical coding to health care staff including clinicians and managers.

Clinical coding at these Hospitals will offer intermediate to advanced level coding challenges across a variety of medical and surgical specialities. Concord Repatriation General Hospital is a premier teaching hospital in NSW, providing secondary and tertiary and quaternary level services to patients and their families from across Sydney, NSW and Australia. Concord Hospital also provides a specialised state-wide burns service.

This person will be excited by the opportunity to become a member of a dynamic team in facilities where clinical coders are recognised for their contribution, and there is ongoing development of clinical coding skills as well as liaising within the clinical teams. The individual will join the recently restructured district-wide coding team under the SLHD District Coding Manager in a structure that provides all team members with opportunities for further education and training, flexible work arrangements and opportunities for career development into the future.

We welcome you to join the progressive and talented Coding Management Team at SLHD!

Please note: Applicants successful for interview will be required to complete a Coding Competency Assessment Quiz after their interview.

Responsibilities / Duties: 
  • Management of a clinical coding team including rostering; human resource management; performance management; management of grievances; and staffing issues.
  • Identify educational needs of coding staff and schedule the provision of training.
  • Ensuring NSW Health coding completion targets and Key Performance Indicators for allocated sites are met.
  • Manage and correct coding errors and issues.
  • Participation in the development of the education and quality/audit programs in consultation with the Clinical Coding Educators and Auditors
  • Participation in the development of policy and procedures in conjunction with the Clinical Coding Manager.
  • Prepare, analyse and interpret reports associated with clinical coding in relation to activity at allocated sites that are managed and provide reports to the Clinical Coding Manager.
  • Management of recruitment of coding staff for allocated sites.
  • Management of data cleansing, HIE, EMR, Cancer Reg, ICS, revenue, APU etc.
  • Coordination and liaison with Patient Information Services/Medical Records, Clinicians and other relevant stakeholders in matters relating to the available of medical records for clinical coding purposes Review processes and procedures and recommend changes to the Coding Manager.
  • Implement, manage changes and evaluate those changes to coding practice in allocated sites in consultation with the Clinical Coding Manager.
  • Escalation of coding issues to SLHD Coding Manager when required.
  • Manage quality improvement programs in allocated sites as delegated by the Clinical Coding Manager.
  • Provide advice to clinicians and management in relation to coding practice in the sites allocated.
  • Ensure coding competency through ongoing continuation of clinical coding
  • Willingness and ability to travel to all sites across District
  • Other duties as appropriate to the grading of this position as directed by the SLHD Coding Manager


Essential: 
  1. Degree, Diploma or Associate Diploma in Medical Record Administration or Health Information Management, the completion of a recognised coding course (HIMAA or OTEN) or other relevant related qualification and/or requisite experience relevant to the role.
  2. Coding experience in a major teaching hospital, across a range of specialties with a proven knowledge of Australian Coding Standards, DRG’s and Casemix and their application within the health system.
  3. Experience with Patient Administration Systems as well as computerised encoding systems (3M Encoder).
  4. Ability to coordinate and collate statistics and report on clinical coding throughput, quality and workforce activities.
  5. Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) with demonstrated liaison and negotiation skills in a team environment, with a range of health professionals.
  6. Strong analytical, organisational and time management skills to enable the completion of high volume workload and meet deadlines of a team.
  7. Demonstrated knowledge of casemix, clinical classification, and activity based funding and ensuing responsibilities with regards to clinical coding data collection and reporting requirements
  8. Ability to liaise with clinicians, researchers and other healthcare professionals regarding coding requests for coded data or information.


Enquiries: 

Melissa McCarthy-Reece
District Coding Manager
Phone: 0459 899 661
Email: Melissa.McCarthy-Reece@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

Reference Number: 

399552

Applications Close On: 
6 July 2017